DOJ: $1M fraud puts owner of Fresno sleep clinic behind bars

DOJ: $1M fraud puts owner of Fresno sleep clinic behind bars

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The owner of a sleep clinic, which had operations in both Fresno County and Tulare County, has been sentenced to 19 months in prison following the discovery that his center had submitted approximately $1 million in fraudulent claims for sleep studies to Medicare, according to the federal Department of Justice.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Travis Gober from Hanford was sentenced on Monday for his part in the $19 million fraud. Court records show that he owned the VIP Sleep Center, which performed diagnostic sleep studies on patients to identify disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Between October 2019 and September 2021, prosecutors say Gober caused the VIP Sleep Center to submit approximately $1 million in false claims that were not carried out. The claims also falsely stated that the patients had been referred for sleep studies by physicians with whom Gober had previously worked, to satisfy a rule that states Medicare will not pay for a sleep study unless the patient was referred by a physician.

Prosecutors say the fraud was carried out to help pay off Gober’s debts and resolve other financial issues. The sentencing comes after Travis Gober’s brother, Jeremy Gober, pleaded guilty in November to healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft charges after submitting more than $1.5 million in fraudulent claims of his own to Medicare and Medi-Cal for sleep studies.

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